Herbs Guide

Cat's Claw

Family Name: Rubiaceae

Botanical Name(s): Uncaria tomentosa

Popular Name(s): Una de Gato

Parts Used: Root bark

Habitat: Cat's Claw is found in the tropical jungles of South and Central America.

Description: Cat's Claw is a woody vine which attains a height up to 30m. The plant bears elliptic leaves with smooth edges growing in opposite whorls of two. It has hook-like thorns that resemble the claws of a cat. The plant climbs by means of these thorns.

Uses: Cat's Claw is used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer agent. It is used to treat gastric ulcers, tumors, parasites and colitis. It is used to treat cancer and HIV infection also.